Georgia Sen. David Perdue lauded President-elect Trump on Thursday for assembling a “dream” Cabinet for his incoming administration, which his cousin could soon join.
“This is the dream team coming together. Mnuchin, Ross, Priebus. You see the people going in and out of here,” the Georgia Republican told reporters after meeting with the president-elect in Trump Tower. “What this man is doing … is reaching out to a broad spectrum of Americans to consider for his Cabinet.”
“That’s a new day compared to what we’ve seen the last eight years,” Perdue said.
Responding to worries that Trump is stacking his administration with wealthy people who will promote Wall Street and capitulate to corporate interests, Perdue said it’s acceptable for the next administration to “have big business in there [because] you’re trying to get the free enterprise system going again.”
“I don’t think Elaine Chao is a billionaire. I don’t think Reince Priebus is a billionaire,” he said of the recently appointed transportation secretary and White House chief of staff, respectively.
“Why not get these people from the free-enterprise system?” Perdue told reporters. “That’s what I’ve been saying all along. There are only a handful of us in the United States Senate that understand how this capitalistic system works and we can get it going again. It’s not that difficult.”
Perdue was previously under consideration for commerce secretary, a position given to billionaire Wilbur Ross earlier this week. His cousin, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, remains in the running to lead the Department of Agriculture.
“I’ve got a job. I have to tell you, I’m excited about my cousin being considered for that job. That’s an honor, No. 1. No. 2, he’s extremely excited about potentially helping the president-elect be successful,” Perdue said.
Trump has said he would nominate the following people to serve in his administration so far, and more announcements are expected next week: Gen. James Mattis for defense secretary; Elaine Chao for transportation secretary; Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary; Steve Mnuchin for treasury secretary; Rep. Tom Price for Health and Human Services secretary; Betsy DeVos for education secretary; Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general; Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA director; and Gen. Mike Flynn for national security adviser.
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